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|Thursday, February 23, 2012|
The Oregon Public Utility Commission revised rates for its solar feed-in tariff pilot program.
Incentive rates for distributed solar — such as solar panels on a home — will now pay more for small systems in several of the state’s rainy counties, including and surrounding Portland, but will hold steady elsewhere, and pay less for medium systems in some cases.
The changes represent the maturing of the a pilot program that launched in July 2010 offering between 55 cents and 65 cents per kilowatt hour to participants who install solar systems.
“Ultimately the commission is looking for that sweet spot, where the prices are in just the right place,” said Moshrek Sobhy, senior utility and energy analyst for the PUC. Recent changes, he said, are “pointing to the right direction. We may not be exactly there, but we are very close.”
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Oregon’s new marijuana law is expected to lead to a bevy of new business opportunities for the state. And not just for growers. Law firms, HR consultants, energy efficiency companies and many others are expected to benefit from the decriminalization of pot, according to panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast meeting on Tuesday.
Friday, May 08, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.
Friday, May 15, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
In 2014, total revenue for camping and day use in Oregon State Parks was a little more than $17 million. That figure may even higher this year "because we've had exceptionally nice weather," Hughes says.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY EMILY LIEDEL
Inside the topsy-turvy world of corporate sustainability rankings.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.
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